Ten years after his initial diagnosis of leukemia, WWE champion Roman Reigns will step out of the ring.
On Monday, 33-year-old wrestler Joe Anoa & # 39; i announced during an episode of [19459004WWERaw that his cancer had returned and he would give up his championship and say goodbye to sport.
"The reality is that my name is Joe and I live with leukemia 11 years and unfortunately it's back," he said with tears in his eyes. "Because the leukemia is back, I can not fulfill my role, I can not be the battlemaster and I will have to give up the universal mastery."
"I will not lie, I'll take any prayer that you can send me but I'm not Looking for sympathy, I do not seek you to feel bad because I have faith, "he continued.
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The star was first diagnosed with cancer in 2008 when he was 22 years old was and explained to the crowd in Providence, Rhode Island, that the wrestling community helped him overcome this difficult time in his life.
"Very soon I was able to remorse it, but I will not lie: it was the hardest time of my life, I had no job, I had no money, I had no home and I had a baby on my way, and football was done with me. "
" But you want to know, who gave me a chance? The team that gave me a chance was the WWE, "he continued.
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When he finished his speech, the wrestler explained despite giving up the title to focus on his family and health, he was confident that he would return to the ring.
"This is by no means a retirement speech," he said. "I'll beat that, and I'll be back, so you'll see me very, very soon."
Following the emotional announcement, the WWE Universe thanked the professional wrestler for his time on Twitter while WWE repeated his earlier comments.
"Do NOT call it a retirement speech. @WWERomanReigns will beat this and we'll see it VERY, VERY soon! #RAW" The Wrestling Organization wrote on Twitter.
Fellow wrestlers in the WWE community also shared social media support for the Triple World Champion, with #ThankYouRoman beginning to develop. "19659002]" @ WWERomanRemoves my family and I think of you and stick with you our prayers! We are here for you! Wrote former WWE wrestler Ric Flair .
"THANK YOU, @WWERomanReigns," added wrestler Natalya "Nattie" Neidhart . "Pray for you and your family."  Canadian wrestler Kevin Owens recommended the wrestler be "one of the best" both inside and outside the ring.
"The novel is one of the best I've ever done in the ring and one of the people I respect and care for the most in this industry, "he said." My thoughts are with him and his family. I can not wait for him to do that and soon be able to share a locker room with him again.
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WWE wrestler Johnny Gargano also tribute to his friend and his heroic story refers to the WWE star as a "superhero".
"Our job gives us the ability to portray larger life characters with superhuman qualities and qualities," he wrote. "After Joe heard his story, it's obvious that Joe Anoa & # 39; i is just as superhero as & # 39; Roman Reigns & # 39; #ThankYouRoman"